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2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 vs. Its Competition

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At well below $25,000, all said, the Speed3 provides more performance than the Honda Civic Si or the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, while costing significantly less than the Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

The 2010 MazdaSpeed3 feels a little edgy and has a tuner-car personality, so for buyers who want more frugality than sport, the Honda or Nissan might have a better overall balance.

If you’re willing to invest in a set of snow tires, the Ralliart or WRX might be a better bet for chilly climes, though they cost several thousand dollars more.

Please note that hadn’t yet driven the new Volkswagen GTI—one of the Speed3’s chief rivals—at the time of this review.

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Overall the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 delivers pulse-quickening thrills for the back roads—or weekend track forays—all on a tight budget, without sacrificing too much practicality for everyday commuting.
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The 2009 Volkswagen GTI is the most conservative-looking of sporty hatches—and a bit pricey for a dressed-up Rabbit—but it redeems itself with the driving experience.
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$23,340Browse Used Listings$23,230Browse Used Listings$21,090Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4
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Style Name  
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport2-Door HB ManualSi 2-Door Coupe Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
5 Door Wagon2 Door HB2 Door Coupe
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual
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